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Tysen Campbell pleads not guilty, felony charges dismissed

UPDATE: On Thursday, Jan. 12, former Western student Tysen Campbell plead not guilty to malicious harassment and felony charges were dismissed. A review date is set for June 8.

Campbell is accused of posting “let’s lynch her” in regard to former Associated Students President Belina Seare in November 2015 on the mobile app Yik Yak, according to Whatcom County court documents.

New paperwork was filed on Monday, Jan. 9 during Campbell’s trial call indicating the matter is “to be resolved” in the coming days.

Tysen Campbell stands in front of Whatcom County Superior Court before pleading not guilty to malicious harassment. He was charged for posting "let's lynch her on the social media app Yik Yak in December 2015. // Photo by Alec Regimbal
Tysen Campbell stands in front of Whatcom County Superior Court before pleading not guilty to malicious harassment. He was charged for posting “let’s lynch her on the social media app Yik Yak in December 2015. // Photo by Alec Regimbal

The trial, originally scheduled for Feb. 26, 2015, has been pushed back four times.

Tysen’s comment was in response to a post Seare made on her personal facebook which likened male Western students to “baby KKK,” according to Whatcom County court documents.

Former Western President Bruce Shepard cancelled classes the day after the post was made as a safety precaution. Campbell was barred from campus and issued a no-contact order from Seare, according to Whatcom County court documents.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

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